Thin t-shirts - why even bother?

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Posted: 3/18/2010 8:43:39 AM
I stocked up on new t-shirts at Target yesterday; the kind for just slouching around. It turns out they are now so thin you can see right through them. Same brand I've always bought every summer but definitely not made the same way. When you put on a t-shirt, you should not be able to SEE the lace pattern in the bra!



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Posted: 3/18/2010 8:44:55 AM
Maybe they are for layering--meant to be worn two at a time??


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Posted: 3/18/2010 8:46:12 AM
I hate those! I agree why even bother.

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Posted: 3/18/2010 8:46:28 AM
Blame it on Old Navy. They started that trend with their cheap-crap clothes.

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Posted: 3/18/2010 8:47:18 AM
THIS IS MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE WITH CLOTHING!!!
Yes, I was yelling. Seriously. Do companies think they are fooling us? They do this to save money. I'm convinced. They can charge the same amount that they charged 5 years ago when t-shirts were thicker. I hate it. I've taken to wearing camisoles under my sheerest tees.

Another issue with these stupid too-thin tees, is that I get a hole in every single t-shirt right at the point where my jeans hit the shirt (a few inches below my belly button). Drives me batty!

GRRRRR!!!

(That felt good to get that off my chest.)


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Posted: 3/18/2010 8:47:44 AM
And you'll be able to see the lace even better after they are full of holes because the fabric can't withstand washing.

I desperately need new t-shirts but I'm not willing to by such flimsy material.


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Posted: 3/18/2010 8:48:38 AM
It is way too hot in the South to double on up Ts in the summer! But most shirts are that way anymore.... I love the cool designs of JCrew shirts... they are soft and wonderful, buy I can't buy the light colored shirts because they are see-through.


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Posted: 3/18/2010 8:49:02 AM
I think they look great if you don't have an ounce of fat on you. I like the look of layering the tshirts but it totally shows that huge muffin top I have. I don't like that so much!



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Posted: 3/18/2010 8:50:27 AM

They can charge the same amount that they charged 5 years ago when t-shirts were thicker.


I think this is exactly it! Note to companies: I would gladly pay the extra $2-$3 dollars to be able to hide the details of of my bra from the rest of the world.



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Posted: 3/18/2010 8:53:08 AM
I buy my T's here

the last time I ordered they were still nice, thickish fabric. and the prices are good too!



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Posted: 3/18/2010 9:15:29 AM

Blame it on Old Navy. They started that trend with their cheap-crap clothes.


Yep. And 8 or 9 years ago, Old Navy's tees were thicker. Then they started making tissue paper and everyone else did as well.

Lands End and LL Bean still make nice tees, and I haven't checked Eddie Bauer or J Crew in awhile. I prefer prices of Lands End to the others for basic things like t-shirts, though. Once they cave, I don't know what I'm gonna do. (Oh, and I also like Christopher and Banks tees in the mall. I don't get into their little themed sweaters and stuff, but they make a variety of solid color tees in a nice weight).



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Posted: 3/18/2010 9:25:51 AM
They remind me of the T-shirts we bought in Mexico years ago. 5 for $10. Now that's some quality!




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Posted: 3/18/2010 9:29:31 AM
I love the Target tissue weight Ts. I usually wear then with a tank top of some sort underneath or wear the long sleeve ones underneath a short sleeved one But yeah, if that's all you were planning on wearing it's quite a peep show!

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Posted: 3/18/2010 9:32:53 AM
I like the tissue tees too. I love layering them. They are so thin, that two layered is just about the same weight as a regular tee.


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Posted: 3/18/2010 9:36:24 AM
I like a lighter weight shirt in the summer but I definitely don't want my bra showing. Trust me - no one else wants to see that either. And I truly just do not get the layer t-shirt look. Really? Why do you need to wear two shirts? I have never liked that look on anyone.

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Posted: 3/18/2010 9:37:19 AM

Another issue with these stupid too-thin tees, is that I get a hole in every single t-shirt right at the point where my jeans hit the shirt (a few inches below my belly button). Drives me batty!



Me too, but I've also had it happen with thicker, good quality shirts too.

It happens when I lean against a sink or counter and the shirt is rubbed between the button on my jeans and the hard counter top. I end up leaning against a counter top every day between making meals and washing dishes. Since I figured that out, I've been pulling my shirt up a little past the button before I lean against the counter or tuck it in. No more holes.


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Posted: 3/18/2010 9:41:46 AM
I buy the tissue tees for layering and the other ones for wearing plain. My niece got me a really cute Yankees short sleeved t-shirt when she was in NYC but I have to wear a tee underneath it because it's one that will show everything.


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Posted: 3/18/2010 9:44:24 AM

They can charge the same amount that they charged 5 years ago when t-shirts were thicker.


Not only do they save money, they also make more money because you have to buy more than one so you can layer them.

I hate them. I'm not a t shirt person at all, but my teen and almost teen daughters are. Even at Kohls in the Jr. Dept, this is how the t's are...who the hell wants their teenage daughter wearing a see through tshirt?

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Posted: 3/18/2010 9:49:49 AM
All I can think about is twice the amount of laundry I have to do.





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Posted: 3/18/2010 9:54:09 AM
I agree. I don't like layering my clothes b/c that just ups the chance of something riding up, or me having to fiddle with something to make it lay right. I'm a simple girl.

See through T's are about as stupid as low rise jeans. They only look right if you have no body fat.




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Posted: 3/18/2010 9:57:38 AM
Maybe for layering?

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Posted: 3/18/2010 10:10:47 AM
A lot of Gap's are like that now too (same company, but still). Annoying.






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Posted: 3/18/2010 10:25:54 AM
I am returning a tee to Ann Taylor Loft this weekend---the khaki green one is ok, I can get away with it, but the pale pink one shows waaaaaaay too much of me. Too bad because it is cute, with a little lacy/ sheer fabric near the neckline and a pretty applique. Very disappointing. (yes, I tried it on in the store, but I liked it so much that I brought it home to retry and make sure)



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Posted: 3/18/2010 10:33:05 AM
I usually wear a cami or tank until them. They end up being the same weight as a heavier tee.


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Posted: 3/18/2010 10:33:34 AM
I hate this trend! I hate having to do more laundry! I hate the way layers feel, bunching up, pulling down the T underneath all day! I hate that I have one navy blue, super thin patterned T that *MUST* have a layer underneath and I *cannot* find the navy blue tank that goes under it and nothing else I have matches so there it hangs in my closet, unwearable! Yeah, this is one of my biggest peeves. I cannot wait for this stupid trend to pass.

ETA: I forgot to add, I live in *TEXAS* where it is to friggin' hot in the summer to wear more than one shirt, no matter hwo thin they are!

(Yeah, Miss Southern Baptist said "friggin'" - does that get you an indicator of how I *really* feel!?! LOL!!)



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Posted: 3/18/2010 10:38:27 AM
A top sewing pattern (from patternreview.com) each year is a Jalie T-shirt pattern. They go together so easily and fit like a dream.
I love making my own t's!! I can pick the fabric I like!

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Posted: 3/18/2010 10:43:37 AM

I hate that I have one navy blue, super thin patterned T that *MUST* have a layer underneath and I *cannot* find the navy blue tank that goes under it and nothing else I have matches so there it hangs in my closet, unwearable!


this is probably why I own at least three white and black long tank tops

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Posted: 3/18/2010 11:10:05 AM
I had the same complaint last week while shopping for tee's for summer while pregnant. The only thing Old Navy had was tissue tees. Lame.

I hate layering, whether it be another tee or a tank top. I just hate it. It is not comfortable to me. So I refuse to do it! If they keep making those stupid things, they won't get my money. Grr.

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Posted: 3/18/2010 11:45:47 AM
The problem I have is that the tissue thin T-shirts stretch out and completely loose shape by the end of the day. If I wanted to wear a tent, I would buy a mumu. They also seem to cling weird to any fat roll you have. I found nice, thick T-shirts at Fashion Bug and they aren't expensive.

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Posted: 3/18/2010 11:47:06 AM
I bought 2 3-pack of men's t-shirts for $9.99. I've been wearing them to death. Comfy, cheap and thicker than those tissue tees.


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Posted: 3/18/2010 11:50:48 AM
And just wait until you wash them. Holes everywhere, and the shape is gone after the first wash!


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Posted: 3/18/2010 11:53:44 AM
JC Penney has the t shirt you are looking for. st john's something or another. On sale $7.

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Posted: 3/18/2010 12:28:09 PM

this is probably why I own at least three white and black long tank tops


Oh, I have several in black and white, but the navy T is so thin and with the print, the white actually shows thorugh and looks horrible. I don't like wearing black and blue together. It jsut doesn't look right to me.



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Posted: 3/18/2010 12:51:09 PM
I got several long sleeve tee's at JcPenney and they were St John's brand and less expensive than Target's. They also were NORMAL weight. I can't even see through the whiteish one (it's a pearly color, not white white but not cream either) in the bathroom at work, and that's the test of champions! Those lights in there are harsh and will make what looked great even under sunlight see through.

ETA: These are also longer. I'm stinking short and I was having a hard time finding ones that meet my pants with my arms straight at my side. these have enough length that I can work at my desk and my back doesn't show which is a plus for the office.



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Posted: 3/18/2010 12:56:21 PM

ETA: These are also longer.


That's another pet peeve I have with shirts in general these days. Even if they seem long enough when you try them on, after several washes, that's it, they are belly shirts. I am a short, plump woman. Nobody wants to see my belly. I would like to be able to raise my arms without fearing that I'm going to scare the entire eastern seaboard!



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Posted: 3/18/2010 1:00:41 PM
I'm several washes in on a few of them and no drawing up at all! That's why I went and bought the rest of the colors, well except the red one, I don't do red well.



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Posted: 3/18/2010 1:07:36 PM
I love the Mossimo lightweight tees at Target! (I bought them all too OKtrae!) Pretty sure they are meant to be layered though. I live in a VERY hot summer climate and the layering of a tank and lightweight tee is okay during summer months for me.

I've never had a problem finding the heavier weight women's tees at Target, Merona brand usually has them and I buy them for work.



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Posted: 3/18/2010 1:09:40 PM
Both the mossimo and the merano (whatever) at Target were only thin little things at my Target. I had seen some nice ones while we were out of town and should have just bought them but I didn't want to have to get them home....




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Posted: 3/18/2010 1:14:28 PM
Tissue tees are all that JCrew has had for several years now. And no, they aren't the same price as their regular tees were - they are more expensive!
I'm sorry, but I'm not paying $30-45 for a tshirt so thin you can see through it.
I'd love to know who thought this was a good look. Each time I notice a cute tee in JCrew, when I step closer for a better look, I realize it's a damn tissue tee.

And while I'm on the subject of JCrew - can they not make tops that look good on women with boobs, who stand up straight? All of their models are rail-thin, flat as a pancake, and are hunched over. Not a very good representation of the average American woman.


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Posted: 3/18/2010 1:16:58 PM
Personally, I love a thinner t-shirt. I hate nothing more then a thick one. I find it uncomfortable and not flattering at all.


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Posted: 3/18/2010 1:25:44 PM
I wear a white t-shirt almost every day in the spring and summer. I have almost no other color t-shirts. This year I need to replace a lot of them because the underarms look bad. I have actually found that I like the ones at J. Jill. They have several different styles, a nice weight, and I can get them on sale or with a coupon for a pretty good price.

Also, if I'm going to my mom's I pass an outlet mall and Jones New York has great t-shirts. A lot of them have double layer fabric on the front and single layer on the back. Covers the bra detail very well.

The long tees that everyone is complaining about are for the low slung pants everyone is complaining about.



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Posted: 3/18/2010 1:30:41 PM
I completely agree Sarah, it's really annoying and I hate having to layer


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Posted: 3/18/2010 1:57:33 PM
I hate the tissue thin ones also. I talked about this in another thread saying how I hate the tight cut of them. I have "midriff bulge" and have a hard time finding shirts - dress or tees that arent' cut slim through the middle. I'm not busty so finding ones that have a straighter nice cut is hard. I have found some of the relax cut ones from LL Bean to be a great weight and cut.
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